Carroll Township man says York County commissioners are ‘jumping the gun’ on replacing the emergency radio system

The founder of a two-way radio and public safety communications business told York County commissioners that they were “jumping the gun” on replacing their emergency radio system.

Mike Corcoran of Carroll Township urged commissioners to cancel the largest contract for an upgrade to the current system. Corcoran, who said he was there as a concerned taxpayer, said other counties are waiting to react to new federal regulations.

York County commissioners said after the meeting that they are planning to set up a meeting with Eric Bistline, executive director of the York County Emergency Services Department, to discuss the issue.

President Commissioner Steve Chronister, who has had doubts since the December votes, said he’d like to reach a decision on whether or not to move forward within the next month or so.

York County commissioners in December approved about $25 million worth of contracts to modify and upgrade the system, about five years after local police switched over to it. The total project is expected to cost about $27 million.

What else happened at the meeting?

Commissioners welcomed back Michael Flannelly, who served as a judge on the York County Court of Common Pleas but lost an election for a 10-year term to former U.S. Rep. Todd Platts.

They also postponed demolition of a farmstead on Native Lands County Park.

About Ed Mahon

County government and politics reporter at York Daily Record/Sunday News.

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